P4 Medicine: Revolutionizing Healthcare in America

Before P4

Leading industry experts, researchers and federal lawmakers know that the current U.S. healthcare system is the largest factor that contributes to the U.S.’ current and future fiscal woes.  Healthcare costs continue to increase and demographic and other trends show increasing costs will escalate in future years.

Over the past few years Congress has attempted to fix the ailing healthcare system but those attempts have yielded few realistic results.  The Justices sitting on the nation’s highest court have decided on the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In the ruling, the court upheld one of the most controversial provisions, the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance, is permissible as a tax.

Moreover, all of this is occurring amidst a growing crisis in the availability of about 267 drugs including blood thinners, heart medications, cancer treatments, antibiotics and anesthesia.  This crisis has been growing since 2005 when about 61 drugs were in short supply.  The American Hospital Association states that 82 percent of hospitals throughout the U.S. believe these delays are life threatening.

Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory

Fortunately there are some brilliant medical professionals who are working daily to stay ahead of the ongoing revolution occurring in the practice of healthcare that will bring about multiple dimensions of change.  P4 Medicine (Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory) is emerging to replace the passive patient servicing where physicians waited for symptoms to develop then offered treatment.  P4 Medicine is the combination of systems biology, an increasing and active network of consumers and the digital revolution occurring in information technology.

Systems biology uses powerful new assays to monitor biomarkers that provide a look into each individual’s biological make-up.  When added to genome sequencing this provides immeasurable personalized data that can be wirelessly transmitted to databases in the digital cloud containing billions of other data points.  Analysis of this vast data will support a more comprehensive and proactive understanding of how factors such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress and environmental exposures impact an individual’s health.  Such data will be capable of being provided in a systematic method that will provide quick solutions to health, wellness, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

According to the P4 Medicine Institute, systems approaches to wellness and disease implemented in systems biology and P4 Medicine will in the near term:

  • Provide deep insights into disease mechanisms;
  • Make blood a diagnostic window for viewing health and disease for each individual;
  • Stratify different complex diseases into their distinct prototypes for more precisely targeted and therefore more effective diagnosis and therapy;
  • Provide new targets for drug discovery, and
  • Create metrics for assessing wellness.

To learn more on Systems Biology click on the link below to a video lecture by Dr. Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of Systems Biology and Chairman of the P4 Medicine Institute http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Rxt8N0-zn34#!

P4 Medicine is one of the ultimate solutions to U.S. health care reform.

If you are a federal lawmaker or healthcare professional, you need to learn as much as possible about it – NOW!  For this new methodology in healthcare delivery to reach its full potential, there must be dramatic paradigm shifts in every component of the U.S. healthcare systems including patient experiences, insurance coverage, medical education and the design of medical facilities to offer treatment plans developed for individual patients.

Cansler Consulting is glad to support the multitudes of universities, hospitals, research institutes, the National Institute of Health and others in advocating P4 Medicine as a model for healthcare in the U.S.  For more information, please contact us today at (202) 714-2822.

Tim Cansler